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The Importance Of Physiotherapy Before And After Surgery

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

The Importance Of Physiotherapy Before And After Surgery

As with any machine, the human body wears and tears over time. Many factors contribute to it. As we age or suffer from other conditions like injuries or deficiencies, we experience discomfort. At that point, we need to consult a doctor. In most cases, pain can be treated by preventive measures or medication, but surgery may be needed in extreme cases.

In adverse situations, orthopaedic surgeons in Pune can enhance mobility and reduce or eliminate discomfort through their expertise. They can also fix fractured bones and damage to muscles and tendons. To improve care, they collaborate with other experts, including therapists, doctors specializing in physical therapy, and pain management specialists.

Physiotherapists in Pune work with surgeons and other medical experts to ensure that all aspects of a patient's care are handled before and after surgery. The role is to assess, treat, and prevent injuries and provide physical rehabilitation and wellness services. Physical therapy improves a patient's mobility, function, and overall health. They encourage patients to have daily recovery sessions.

Physical therapy is the most frequently recommended treatment for various injuries and illnesses. It can significantly improve mobility problems, vehicle and sports injuries, and chronic pain. Preoperative planning is crucial if you want to have surgery to increase your postoperative success and recovery time.

Physiotherapy Before surgery

Physiotherapy Before surgery

A preoperative physiotherapy or pre-habilitation programme is an exercise-based plan for patients recommended for surgery. Complications that could develop without adequate monitoring and care might be avoided with the aid of this pre-habilitation program.

Prehabilitation, commonly referred to as physical therapy, before joint replacement surgery can reduce the requirement for postoperative care by about 30%, resulting in substantial cost savings! Here are some reasons why it's essential to go for physiotherapy before surgery:

  • Preoperative physical therapy can shorten hospital stays.

  • Reduces the chances of moving to a rehabilitation centre post-surgery.

  • Some low-intensity exercises improve blood circulation and help recover from cardiothoracic surgery faster.

  • Patients who exercise regularly and build strength in their back, arms, legs, and core are less likely to experience substantial muscle loss while receiving treatment.

  • Even before surgery, a patient's balance can be improved, lowering the risk of a future fall that would require a more extended hospital stay.

  • Mentally prepare for the aftermath of your procedure.

  • Establish objectives and doable chores to help you go back to regular life post your scheduled surgery.

  • Start a customized home workout regimen after surgery.

  • The capacity to cut back on your long-term rehabilitation expenses and hospital stay after surgery.

Physiotherapy after surgery

Physiotherapy after surgery

Evidence shows that physical therapy can improve mobility, general function, and muscular strength. Getting patients moving after surgery is crucial if they want to recover completely. Enhancing circulation reduces the chance of a blood clot, and healing speeds up. In addition to helping patients recover rapidly and restore their mobility, postoperative physical therapy also ensures that any replacements or repairs made after surgery are adequately healed.

It's a good idea to generally know the everyday operations that call for postoperative physiotherapy. Some are enlisted here:

Following the operation, patients may experience less discomfort and oedema if they receive the proper post-surgical care. Physiotherapists can combine ultrasonography and ice to reduce localised pain and swelling. Therapy also enables many people to avoid or reduce their need for painkillers. Some reasons why it's a must to go for physiotherapy after surgery are as below:

  • Improved spinal mobility.

  • Faster recovery after hip and knee replacement surgery

  • Enhanced cardiovascular health following colorectal surgery

  • Fewer repercussions following breast surgery.

  • Fewer blood clots during numerous operations

  • Reduced hospital stays

You can return to your routine sooner after surgery with the support of pre-and postoperative physical therapy. With all the encompassing approaches, you'll gain a head start on recovery and an expanded range of motion from focused workouts, which may also help prevent postoperative issues like joint stiffness.

Physiotherapy might assist you in regaining your strength and health. It plays a significant part in many treatment regimens, so it should not be neglected. Pre or post, some outcomes or benefits in specific areas that one is sure to get are as given below:

  • Motion Range

If you have had an accident or have a disease that limits your range of motion, you will continue to feel less and less able to engage in your daily activities. If you do not adhere to your physiotherapy plan, stiffness, and soreness in your shoulder, for instance, might develop into a case of frozen shoulder.

  • Exercise

You will be given various therapeutic exercises to perform at home in between visits with your physiotherapist. Many consumers believe their physiotherapists are no longer necessary after being instructed on how to perform the activities. However, the physiotherapist will assess your development throughout your consultations and then increase or modify your exercises to meet your advancement. If you appear to be struggling, they may occasionally shorten your workouts. Likely, you won't be able to progress toward complete healing with neurological conditions.

  • Chronic Diseases

Physiotherapy is crucial in helping individuals who have had a stroke or who have illnesses like Parkinson's Disease to repair or improve the damage. Your physiotherapy treatments will assist in making up for gait, mobility, and strength losses, restoring full or partial function, and preventing further deterioration.

  • Heart and lung problems

You may seek therapy if you have breathing problems affecting your daily life. To rebuild their confidence following surgery, cardiac patients also undergo training in fundamental movement.

  • Pain Management

Physiotherapy will help with pain management in various situations, both chronic pain and pain brought on by an accident or injury, enhancing your quality of life and allowing you to get back to your regular activities, sports, and hobbies.


Final Thoughts

Professionals in the field of physiotherapy can help the body move and operate normally. Programs for structured pre- and postoperative rehabilitation aid in restoring range of motion, lowering discomfort, enhancing muscular strength, and enhancing mobility.

Working together as soon as possible enables us to assist you in recovering more quickly and comfortably. Some patients could even be able to minimize their postoperative care.

Schedule a consultation with physiotherapy experts at Polaris Healthcare for your evaluation and support, if needed!


About The Author: Dr. Surendra Patil

Dr. Surendra Patil, MBBS, Diploma in Orthopaedics, DNB - Orthopedics Surgery, is a dynamic surgeon with skilled hands well versed in various surgical procedures in orthopedics and exceptionally well-read in his chosen expertise. He is proficient in Arthroscopic Surgeries, Adult Joint Reconstruction Surgery, Accidents & Emergencies, Joint Replacement, Healthcare Management, and Healthcare in general. He is an experienced Medical Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & healthcare industry.


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